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Laptop performace, intel/amd?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by DanF, 12 May 2006.

  1. DanF


    Joined: 16 Feb 2004

    Posts: 3,860

    Location: London


    A mate is looking for a laptop for general programming/office use etc but maybe for some WOW as well. How do the current lappy chips compare to each other in terms of performace and battery lifespan? ie between say the 1.8ghz Turion and the Core Duo 1.633

  2. Kroegen


    Joined: 20 Apr 2006

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    Location: In your heart

    Duo ;)
  3. DanF


    Joined: 16 Feb 2004

    Posts: 3,860

    Location: London

    The Turion is just an A64 low voltage for lappies right?

    Is the Duo faster or compairable for single threaded apps as well?
  4. GuruJockStrap


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,726

    For general programming and office use dual core is complete overkill.

    If you can get a Pentium M Centrino laptop for less I'd go for that personally.
  5. pcoltrane


    Joined: 18 Sep 2005

    Posts: 945

    It depends on the price. Chances are you'll get a higher spec Turion laptop for the same price as an intel version. Battery life is comparable - both are good chips.

    If you want dual core then of course the core duo is your only option!
  6. HungryHippos


    Joined: 25 Mar 2004

    Posts: 8,710

    Location: Fareham

    I too am interested in the answer to this question.

    Looking to spend tops about £1200~ on a laptop, just need something which is relatively powerful, 1gig of mem, seperate gfx chip which is capable of playing WoW, good screen, etc.

    I'd prefer to spend roughly £800 though and get something which is very good price/performance. I do prefer AMD over Intel at the moment but am also hoping the conroes will be as good as people are saying.

    I want something with moderate battery life, and it also needs to have half decent built in speakers too.

    Quiet/Silent operation
    Quite thin/light
    doesn't come with loaddds of stuff installed, I just wanna run the minimum of stuff really.

    Am I asking too much?

    help me decide on a model! :D